Good afternoon Mayor and Council,


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Good afternoon Mayor and Council,
If you have not done so already I would urge each of you to contact Manager Harden and instruct him that under that no circumstances is the attached letter from SJRWMD to be answered until Council has provided the necessary policy direction in a public meeting.
I would also urge you to consider the matter of the un-approved berm deletion prior to the next Council meeting and be prepared to resolve this issue with a degree of certainty that has been absent from your discussions and directions to date.
Thus far you-all have allowed to exist the rather preposterous situation of:
1) not questioning the City Utility Engineer a licensed Florida PE in his own right who served as the project manager for this project regarding his professional opinion as to the effectiveness of this berm as permitted, in reducing flooding on Dunlawton Ave.
2) not questioning the Design Engineers as to whether they stand behind their berm plans as designed and permitted, AND if they no longer support their own design, not having insisted they provide a coherent explanation as to the reasons why.
3) not having insisted that the $ 25,000 Pegasus Engineering review provide the requisite professional information required for Council to make the berm installation decision.
4) allowing Manager Harden to; employ a retired police detective to produce a useless I Know Nothing Report, AND allow the Forensic Accounting Review to dither for the past 5 months such that once again Council has not been provided with the requisite information that would assist greatly in making the decisions you-all are paid to make.
Mike Gardner has amassed a wealth of information regarding this berm in his correspondence and meetings with several of the regulatory agencies and I would urge each of you to avail of this information source prior to next Tuesday evening’s meeting.
The manner in which this berm was deleted from construction without Council ever having been consulted, and with the Manager advising that his own accounting records are such that he cannot determine the amount of the credit taxpayers received for this deletion, if indeed they received any credit at all, has been a shameful performance on the part of the Design Engineers and the City’s Utility Engineer.
The Port Orange Council needs to step up to the plate on Tuesday evening and do right by the taxpayers who funded this project to ensure Dunlawton Avenue would remain passable as an emergency and evacuation route in heavy rain events, and in so doing forestall neighborhood flooding in the lower Dunlawton Avenue area.
Ted Noftall
for responsible government – 2016

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